I was super excited to see Halloween Kills! I’m so glad that it was released right around Halloween so we can enjoy it throughout the month of October.
Halloween Kills is of course the next installment of the Halloween (1978) franchise and direct sequel to the 2018 Halloween movie, in which the characters thought Michael Myers perished in a fire but of course he survived and is out to kill once again. This movie again stars Jamie Lee Curtis and Nick Castle as Laurie Strode and Michael Myers, along with Judy Greer, and Andi Matichak. The movie was directed by David Gordon Green, who also directed the 2018 movie.
I’ll admit I don’t consider myself a huge fan of the Halloween franchise. If you know me, you know that I get much more excited about modern horror (early 2000’s – present).
Still, I had so much fun watching the last movie, and although it wasn’t perfect, I thought it was well done and I felt so much tension while watching it. I was really looking forward to having that experience again with this movie…but unfortunately that didn’t happen.
Don’t get me wrong. The action was excellent – Michael Myers kills a lot of people and it’s really gory if you’re into that kinda thing. I also liked that they brought back some old characters because I think that added so much nostalgia to it. The flashbacks worked really well to take you back in time and remind you of what the characters went through.
But I thought the rest of the movie was pretty bad. The characters did really dumb things and I found it super annoying – I mean I understand there has to be some level of stupidity with these characters because that’s what makes it entertaining. They panic and make mistakes, and that’s what creates tension & conflict. I get it. But sometimes it gets so dumb that it’s not fun to watch. In this case, even the people who have experience dealing with Michael Myers still don’t seem to know any better.
On top of that there were lots of pointless plot lines and very slow pacing (I actually dozed off a few times). And then Laurie was the best part of the last movie and she didn’t have as big of a role in this one.
So overall I was pretty disappointed with Halloween Kills. It lived up to its name but I didn’t have fun with it like I hoped I would, and it kinda made me wish they had just completed the series with the 2018 movie. But I’m still looking forward to the next and final movie, Halloween Ends (2022), and I’m hopeful that it’ll be a lot better since there will be a time jump.